26 March 2012
Poultry certified wholesome during February 2012 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.47 billion pounds, up 4 per cent from the amount certified in February 2011. The January 2012 revised certified total at 3.62 billion pounds, was down 1 per cent from January 2011. The January revision represented an increase of 2.69 million pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.
The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during February 2012 was 4.60 billion pounds, up 4 per cent from 4.42 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 3.93 billion pounds, up 4 per cent from February 2011. Mature chickens, at 61.0 million pounds, were down slightly from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 586 million pounds, up 7 per cent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 13.5 million pounds, up 7 per cent from last year.
Young chickens slaughtered during February 2012 averaged 5.82 pounds per bird, up 1 per cent from February 2011. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.52 pounds per bird, down 1 per cent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during February 2012 averaged 30.8 pounds per bird, up 1 per cent from February 2011.
Ante-mortem condemnations during February 2012 totaled 9.56 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.21 per cent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.26 per cent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 34.4 million pounds, were 0.98 per cent of quantities inspected, as compared with 1.09 per cent a year earlier.
February 2011 contained 20 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 4 Saturdays. February 2012 contained 21 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 4 Saturdays.
Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
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